A majority of Americans say it’s important to write down their medical wishes in case of serious illness, but only a third have done so.
U.S. hospice agencies promise to be available around-the-clock to help patients dying in their homes. But a Kaiser Health News investigation shows that in an alarming number of cases, that promise is broken.
Despite a lack of medical training, relatives increasingly are assigned complex, risky medical tasks at home, such as maintaining catheters. If done incorrectly, blood clots, infections, even death can result.
As more patients receive hospice care at home, some of the powerful, addictive drugs they’re prescribed are ending up in the wrong hands.
This is the first federal website designed to help families choose a hospice, but experts aren’t impressed.
Prosecutors say hedge-fund traders made millions trading on information leaked from Medicare.
Despite a culture clash and lack of time and training, ER doctors see how palliative care averts suffering for elderly patients with serious illnesses.
A Republican-led effort to overturn D.C.’s aid-in-dying law may catalyze a broader effort to ban the practice nationally.
A pesar de una tasa de fracaso de 99%, científicos que investigan el Alzheimer están avanzando con cientos de experimentos -y un gran impulso en dinero federal- para tratar de revertir una enfermedad mortal que los ha desconcertado por décadas.
Alzheimer’s researchers hold onto hope after another promising trial ends in disappointment.
More hospitals, including Montefiore Medical Center in New York, are setting up support centers to help stressed-out family members cope.
New data show 4,980 inmate deaths in 2014, the most since counting began in 2001.
While hundreds of his former patients submit claims for restitution, a Detroit cancer doctor convicted of making millions by purposefully poisoning them with drugs they didn’t need vows to prove his innocence.
Colorado’s approval of a ballot measure sets the stage for efforts in other states.
A government watchdog report finds widespread fraud — in some cases involving patients’ severe neglect and death — in a Medicaid program that sends non-medical assistants to elderly and disabled peoples’ homes.